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#138236 - 01/29/05 11:15 AM literary allusions
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I'm planning to do another actual wwftd theme! you can earn an assist (a mention at the bottom) by suggesting here some favorite of yours that you'd like to see escape the Limbo of tortured usage. like just then. another example might be the Pharisees, or maybe I could compare and contrast Eris and Loki.

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#138237 - 01/29/05 01:12 PM Re: literary allusions
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uncle bill suggests that it might prove to be difficult to compare Eris and Loki, as the only thing they really shared was a penchant for causing trouble.

I haven't given it all that much thought, but I did find this with a quick google:

Actually, [Loki] does have many other aspects in common with Eris, including bad puns and mental masturbation.

so it looks as though I could expand this to a comparative study of Loki/Eris/AWADtalk.


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#138238 - 01/29/05 02:31 PM Re: literary allusions
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>bad puns and mental masturbation

and there's that fowl chicken, again.

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#138239 - 01/29/05 06:17 PM Re: literary allusions
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If I promise to think on it, tsuwm, will you promise to think on a new Hawgwarsh?


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#138240 - 01/29/05 08:51 PM Re: literary allusions
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deal, ASp.


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#138241 - 01/30/05 03:25 PM Re: pellucid
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Later on he would see her bright, pellucid eyes, like shallow water, and know those. And there remained the open, exposed mouth, red and vulnerable...

DH Lawrence, The Rainbow


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#138242 - 01/30/05 03:39 PM Re: reckless
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The last cages they passed were those of the sleepy, disgruntled lions; the tigers looked equally listless and out of humor. The reckless driver ran his fingers along the bars of the big cats' cages; occasionally a paw (claws extended) flicked out, but Ramu confidently withdrew his hand in time...

Ch 23, A Son of the Circus, John Irving

I love how some words show the Old English bones beneath the grin... listless is another, as if called by association...


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#138243 - 01/30/05 03:56 PM Re: coalesce
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And at the other pole, insinuating Latinate extractions...

In Act Five too, in what Ralph saw as the sublime way of plays, everything begins to coalesce.

also later in this passage:

As Ralph would soon have it proved again, though art perpetually improved itself, society went its reckless and complicated way.

Ch 26, The Playmaker, Thomas Keneally


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#138244 - 01/30/05 04:05 PM Re: gibbous
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And then there are the strange-sounding words that feel like they've never quite done more than graft themselves onto the native stock of our langauge:

The Jeep was where I'd left it, looted but with enough gas in the tank to get me to a town. I managed to hot-wire it and drove away as fast as the surface would permit. I did not turn on the headlights. Fortunately there was a bright-yellow gibbous moon to light my way.

Ch 8, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie

So I guess my emmergent sub-theme would be about degrees of nativity or assimilation into the core language :)


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#138245 - 01/31/05 12:09 PM Re: gibbous
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or not.

d'oh, I forgot that tiny little detail that presumably you're looking for a subset of ineffably obscure words... I'll sleep before posting at some ungawdly hour next time, I promise!


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